Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Spyro Gyra

The second part of Saturday afternoon's double bill featured Spyro Gyra, a classic band whose career started over 30 years ago and still is going strong, providing another superlative show. This group of consummate players is led by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, plus Julio Fernandez on guitar, Tom Schuman on keyboards, Scott Ambush on bass, plus a new member on drums (who replaced Bonny B). They started the show with two tracks from their current CD A Foreign Affair, before they settled in a medley of their greatest and best known songs, "Shaker Song", "Morning Dance" and "Catching The Sun", before turning their attention to more recent material. A beautiful Julio Fernandez composition pulled all the stops and was a highlight of the whole show. Next was a tribute to the late Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, a band that was influential on all of the players, before they featured bassist Scott Ambush on "Dancing On Table Mountain". Without running down the rest of the playlist, Spyro Gyra provided a truly great show, each of the players brought his share to the music, and together they created some magical moments.